Playboy magazine, once famous for soft porn, for the first time is featuring a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, in a spread that is drawing both praise and criticism. American journalist Noor Tagouri appears in the magazine’s October “Renegades“ edition in hijab.

Noor Tagouri

The 22-year-old journalist who works as a reporter for Newsy , a video news network, is photographed wearing a black leather jacket, jeans, sneakers and a hijab, or headscarf, in the publication that describes her as “a badass activist“.Tagouri, who is of Libyan origin and whose goal is to become the first “hijabi“ anchor on commercial US television, says that her struggles as a Muslim woman growing up in the US have helped her move ahead in her career.


Tagouri has a social media following of more than 100,000, first gained attention after launching the viral #LetNoorShine campaign in 2012. Her appearance in the revamped Playboy is being hailed by many as a breakthrough, but others have hit out at the young woman.

Blogger Nishaat Ismail also commended in an opinion column the wisdom of Tagouri associating with an institution “based on the objectification of women.“

noor Tagouri in Playboy

“Are the voices of women -and in particular Muslim women -buried so deep under the cries of those who claim to speak on our behalf that our only available response is (to) involve ourselves with Playboy , a magazine that has solely existed for the past 63 years for men to gawp at the bodies of half-naked women?“ wrote Nishaat. respects you, Tagouri for your bold attempt. #FeelBeautyInside